Virginia Colleges & Universities

Virginia Colleges & Universities

Virginia’s Schools – Overviews & Educational Evaluations

The Old Dominion, as Virginia is sometimes known, is the oldest of the original 13 United States colonies. It is a state which is exceptionally rich in educational history. William and Mary University, which many people think has the prettiest campus in the nation, was founded in 1693. The University of Virginia, regarded as a top- flight university with a prestigious law school, was founded by President Thomas Jefferson. Most Virginia colleges are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Virginia is the home of three HBCU’s (historically black colleges and universities); Hampton University, Norfolk State University, and St. Paul’s College.

Virginia Tech University, another notable institution, recently opened a new medical school.

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Traditional Colleges – Virginia

Averett University

Bluefield College

Bridgewater College

Christendom College

College of William and Mary

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  • Phone – 757-221-4223
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Emory and Henry College

Eastern Menonite University

Ferrum College

George Mason University

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  • Phone – 703-993-2400
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Hollins University

James Madison University

Liberty University

Longwood University

Lynchburg College

Mary Baldwin College

Marymount University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

Radford University

Randolph College

Randolph-Macon College

Roanoke College

Shenandoah University

Sweet Briar College

University of Mary Washington

University of Richmond

University of Virginia

University of Virginia College at Wise

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia State University

Virginia Tech University

Virginia Wesleyan College

Washington and Lee University

Virginia – Community Colleges

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Blue Ridge Community College

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  • Address – 160C N Mason St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
  • Phone – (540) 432-3690

Central Virginia Community College

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  • Address – 3506 Wards Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502
  • Phone – (434) 832-7600

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

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  • Address – 1000 Dabney Dr, Clifton Forge, VA 24422
  • Phone – (540) 863-2800

Danville Community College

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  • Address – 1008 S Main St, Danville, VA 24541
  • Phone – (434) 797-2222

Eastern Shore Community College

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  • Address – 29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410
  • Phone – (757) 789-1789

Germanna Community College

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  • Address – 10000 Germanna Point Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
  • Phone – (540) 891-3000

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

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  • Address – 1851 Dickinson Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
  • Phone – (804) 371-3000

John Tyler Community College

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  • Address – 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831
  • Phone – (804) 796-4000

Lord Fairfax Community College

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  • Address – 6480 College St, Warrenton, VA 20187
  • Phone – (540) 351-1505

Mountain Empire Community College

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  • Address – 3441 Mountain Empire Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
  • Phone – (276) 523-2400

New River Community College

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  • Address – 5251 State Rd 373, Dublin, VA 24084
  • Phone – (540) 674-3600

Northern Virginia Community College

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  • Address – 6699 Springfield Center Dr, Springfield, VA 22150
  • Phone – (703) 323-3000

Patrick Henry Community College

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  • Address – 645 Patriots Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112
  • Phone – (276) 638-8777

Paul D. Camp Community College

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  • Address – 100 N College Dr, Franklin, VA 23851
  • Phone – (757) 569-6700

Piedmont Virginia Community College

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  • Address – 501 College Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone – (434) 977-3900

Rappahannock Community College

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  • Address – 12745 College Dr, Saluda, VA 23149
  • Phone – (804) 758-6700

Richard Bland College

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  • Address – 8311 Halifax Rd, Petersburg, VA 23805
  • Phone – (804) 862-6249

Southside Virginia Community College

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  • Address – 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, VA 23847
  • Phone – (434) 634-9358

Thomas Nelson Community College

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  • Address – 99 Thomas Nelson Dr, Hampton, VA 23666
  • Phone – (757) 825-2700

Tidewater Community College

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  • Address – 1428 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
  • Phone – (757) 822-1122

Virginia Highlands Community College

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  • Address – 100 VHCC Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210
  • Phone – (276) 739-2400

Virginia Western Community College

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  • Address – 3094 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Phone – (540) 857-8922

Wytheville Community College

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  • Address – 1000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA 24382
  • Phone – (276) 223-4700

Trade, Career & Vocational Colleges – Virginia

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ACT College

Strayer University

TESST College of Technology

University of Phoenix


Strayer University


Westwood College

DeVry University

Everest College

Keller Graduate School of Management

Strayer University



University of Phoenix


DeVry University

Everest College

Keller Graduate School of Management

Strayer University


ECPI University

Everest College

Medical Careers Institute

Strayer University

Newport News

Crystal City

Keller Graduate School of Management


Strayer University


University of Phoenix


ECPI University

Medical Careers Institute


National College of Business and Technology

Stratford University

Strayer University

Online Colleges In Virginia

Virginia is undoubtedly one of the best places in the country to earn a postsecondary degree. Both traditional and online degree options are extensive and well-ranked. Indeed, many of the highly-lauded traditional schools in the state offer online degree programs. Some of these schools have been offering online degrees longer than most other colleges in the country as well. As a large state, Virginia is home to an equally large number of colleges as well. In all, there are 49 colleges, universities and community colleges that are fully accredited (either regionally or nationally) that offer distance learning opportunities for prospective students.

Virginia’s colleges and universities offer a wide range of both public and private options, as well as a very wide range of low to high tuition rates. Most in-state students will pay relatively low tuition rates, although several of the state’s public institutions have higher tuition rates due to their relative popularity and ranking. The University of Virginia, for example, has an in-state tuition rate of around $14,500 and an out-of-state tuition rate around $44,000. Many of the state’s lower-tier public institutions have tuition rates that are well below the national average. Schools such as Virginia State University (~$8,000 in-state), and the University of Mary Washington (~$11,000 in-state) offer degree programs at a lower cost.

As a state, Virginia is very welcoming for distance learners. According to a 2012 National Center for Education Statistics report, over 18% of the state’s students enrolled in Title IV institutions were taking their degree programs completely online. This places Virginia among the top states in the nation for online learners at the secondary level. Opportunities abound at many of the state’s public and private universities. Some of the best options available for prospective students can be found at Liberty University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University and Regent University.

Liberty University, an extremely large private institution in the state, has some of the most extensive online offerings within the state. This religiously Christian university offers many degree programs for those seeking religious study and those seeking degrees outside of religious fields as well. There are over 50 Bachelor’s degree programs offered through the institutions, including degrees in many unique areas, such as Aviation Maintenance Management, Green and Sustainable Management, Strategic Intelligence, National Security, Gaming Design, Paralegal Studies, Military Resilience, and Life Coaching. Over 50 Master’s degrees are attainable as well, in such areas as Homiletics, Church History, Middle East Affairs, Campaigns and Elections, Crisis Response and Trauma (Pastoral Counseling), Digital Marketing and Advertising and Sports Marketing and Media. A small handful of Doctoral degrees are available, primarily in Business and Education.

Many of the other universities and colleges in the state offer online degrees that are well ranked by the U.S. News and World Report. George Mason University has well ranked programs: #36 for Best Online MBA Programs and #148 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs. James Madison University ranks at #12 for Best Online MBA Programs and #148 for Best Online Education Programs. Old Dominion University ranks well at #31 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, #42 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs and #39 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.